Law Fellows Program Receives $250,000 Grant to Boost Diversity in the Law

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Leo Trujillo-Cox ’97 (fourth from right) and Monica Mar ’08 (second from right) direct the Law Fellows Program at UCLA School of Law.


The Law Fellows Program at UCLA School of Law has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence to continue its trailblazing efforts to increase diversity in the legal profession.

Now in its 22nd year, the Law Fellows Program works with approximately 125 undergraduates from historically underrepresented backgrounds each year, opening the door to law school and legal practice by offering faculty lectures, alumni mentorship exercises and professional networking sessions. Since the program’s inception, more than 1,700 students from a wide array of colleges have participated. Nearly 750 of those fellows have gone on to law school, including more than 160 at UCLA Law.

Read more about the Law Fellows Program at UCLA Law.

AccessLex, formerly known as Access Group, supports programs that offer college students or graduates from underrepresented groups resources that help them prepare for successful careers in the law. The new two-year grant through AccessLex’s Legal Education Diversity Pipeline Grant Program is the organization’s second substantial contribution to the Law Fellows Program.

“AccessLex has been a tremendous partner in our efforts to make legal careers possible for students who otherwise might not have had a chance,” says Leo Trujillo-Cox ’97, the executive director of academic outreach and development at UCLA Law. “We are thrilled to continue our work together.”

The Law Fellows Program is part of UCLA Law’s Academic Outreach Resource Center and is overseen by founding executive director Trujillo-Cox and assistant director Monica Mar ’08, who is a former law fellow and fellow UCLA Law alum.

It has received several major national awards, including the highest honors that the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association give to education pipeline programs. In 2018, the program won the ChangeLawyers Award from the statewide nonprofit California ChangeLawyers, and Trujillo-Cox won the inaugural CLEO EDGE Award for the profound impact that he has made on increasing diversity in the legal profession.